New Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino returned to his former home in Philadelphia to celebrate the first anniversary of the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club.
Speaking to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the former Phillie revealed that Boston was not his first choice heading into free agency. His first choice would have been a reunion in Philadelphia, where he spent eight years of his career.
"Oh yeah, absolutely,"said Victorino. "I focused on that. I wanted to come back. We kept in touch and informed them on what was going on and the opportunities I was getting. We gave them every last shot to give me an opportunity to come back. This was the place I wanted to be. But unfortunately it didn't work out."
Victorino did admit that Philadelphia would always be a special place for him.
"This will always be home for me," Victorino added. "No matter what."
FOXBORO -- Anyone hoping to see Vincent Valentine make his season debut got some bad news Friday.
Valentine, who has been inactive for both of the Patriots' first two games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the news.
With Valentine on IR, Geneo Grissom was added to the roster from the practice squad. ESPN's Mike Reiss had that one first:
Valentine, whom the Pats chose 96th overall in 2016, has not been practicing with the team as he's dealt with the knee injury.
A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom was released by the team in September and signed to the practice squad a day later.
The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)
WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
DB Nate Ebner (shoulder)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
G Jeff Allen (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
NT Brandon Dunn (knee)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)
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TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)